• Justin Tran

The Top 5 Performances From the 63rd Grammys

After a two-month postponement, the 63rd Grammys have finally been broadcast on March 14, 2021. Hosted by Trevor Noah, the award show’s postponement from its original date of January 31, 2021, was a result of COVID-19 spikes and concerns. Nevertheless, the show was able to honor the best music releases of the past year. The whole show was filled with performances from a variety of artists, with the night ending with Beyoncé garnering the most awards. Out of the over thirty-five performers during the broadcast, the following are the top five performances of the night:

5. “Leave the Door Open” - Silk Sonic

Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak performed on stage together under their super-duo moniker, Silk Sonic. They performed “Leave the Door Open”, their debut chill R&B single. The simple staging of three back-up singers with a single spotlight for whichever member of Silk Sonic was singing felt fitting, as their outfits and choreography matched the ‘70s vibes of the track. The performance’s flair matching the song’s groovy style makes the performance one of the top performances of the night.

4. “Dynamite” - BTS

With a large fan following, South Korean band BTS has taken the western world by storm over the past few years. The seven-member band performed one of their latest singles, “Dynamite”. Their performance included numerous sets, finally ending on a rooftop. Their dynamic performance was very smooth, with great incorporation of the various sets. The performers’ clean choreography with sleek transitions between different locations made BTS’s performance stand out. With such a performance, BTS provided an entertaining few minutes for fans and casual viewers alike.

3. “The Bigger Picture” - Lil Baby, Tamika Mallory, Killer Mike

The performance of “The Bigger Picture” by Lil Baby, Tamika Mallory, and Killer Mike not only is visually stimulating but also tells an important, timely message. The performance features clear references to racial issues, even demanding rights from President Biden noting “we don’t need allies, we need accomplices… this is not a trend, this is our plight.” Lil Baby, Tamika Mallory, and Killer Mike all performed with tenacity, bringing more even more life into the song. The messaging of the song and the live performance is striking and deserves recognition.

2. “Medley” (“Cardigan, “August”, “Willow”) - Taylor Swift, Aaron Dessner, Jack Antonoff

Taylor Swift went full cottagecore for her Grammy performance, including a whole miniature cabin to use as a scene for it. Swift sang a medley of three songs from her latest quarantine albums, Folklore and Evermore. The performance has smooth transitions between the tracks and was visually intriguing throughout. The set design was one of, if not the, best of the night. Performing alongside producers Aaron Dessner and Jack Antonoff, the atmosphere created, alongside the mixture of great songs, makes the performance a highlight of the night.

1. “Black Like Me” - Mickey Guyton

Lighting and camerawork can make a performance shine. Mickey Guyton’s performance of her song “Black Like Me” demonstrates this principle. Guyton’s staging is not complex: she is wearing a gorgeous dress in the sole spotlight, with band members playing in slight darkness behind her. The simple staging makes effective use of lighting to memorable, stunning visuals. Guyton delivers stunning vocals throughout the performance accompanied by an angelic gospel-like chorus. Without missing a beat, Guyton stole the show by providing a flawless performance both vocally and visually of “Black Like Me”.

As the 63rd Grammys have come to a close, more musicians will begin to release songs in anticipation of being nominated or even winning a Grammy next year. The diverse lineup of performers this year delivered spectacular performances to the millions watching at home. In spite of the controversies that surrounded this year’s Grammys, the live performers gave their all in spreading their music.

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